Morality of a Leader Essay

464 WordsMay 7, 20132 Pages
“With all the power that a president has, the most important thing to bear in mind is this: You must not give power to a man unless, above everything else, he has character. Character is the most important qualification the president of the United States can have. “ — Richard Nixon, 37th U.S. president (1913-1994) Can a country like Pakistan ever have a vision for such a leader? Perhaps no; we would have many standing up to advocate the view that the personal character of a leader does not count. I beg to differ. Why should we compromise on the personal character of our leaders? I do not judge a common man on the basis of his personal morality, but certainly I shall have a different approach when it comes to a public servant. The world’s superpowers are entitled to be so because of their approach towards the criteria of public service. How can we forget Bill Clinton’s public apology with regard to the Lewinsky scandal. I would like to quote his words: “I answered their (Office of Independent Counsel and the grand jury) questions truthfully, including questions about my private life, questions no American citizen would ever want to answer. Still, I must take complete responsibility for all my actions, both public and private. And that is why I am speaking to you tonight.” Can we expect such an attitude from the politicians of Pakistan? Salman Taseer, no matter how strong an advocate of equal human rights, is alleged to have an illegitimate son, Aatish Taseer. No different is the case of Imran Khan’s love child with Sita White. Our leaders choose to remain mum over such allegations. It was astounding to see that the ECP has ‘prohibited personal attacks on opponents’ in the election campaigning. I beg to question, why. Why do our politicians’ foibles need to be kept hidden from public view? While the approach should be such that the electable has a clean record,

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